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. >>> danica patrick makes history in daytona. >>> a new hope for han solo. >>> and the nation's greatest presidents immortalized in cheddar? very good morning to you. nice to see you this morning. i'm veronica de la cruz. the world of country music has lost a memorable voice. mindy mccready dolphin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. she sold more than three million albums overshadowed by alcohol abuse and stints in rehab. >> reporter: mindy mccready started her rise to stardom in 1996 with her debut album "10,000 angels" which would go on to earn multi-platinum status. in the years that followed she would release a total of four more albums, charting 12 songs on the billboard country singles chart. from the first rapid climb to fame it would be more her private life that droeft headlines. the embattled singer had multiple stays in rehab facilities and multiple run-ins with the law through much of the 2000s, including a charge of driving under the influence, using fake prescriptions, battery, and violating probation. and recently following the death of her music produce
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mccreadie dead of an parent suicide. >> and danica patrick does what no woman in nascar has ever done before. >> i think that so cool. >> yeah. >> very cool. super, duper unbelievably cool. >> exactly. give her more props. first woman ever. >> i was all into it. >> good morning. welcome to "early start." >> it's clearly monday. it's february 18th, presidents day. let's get started. we're going to start two big stories that could affect your pocketbook. a cold freeze that could ruin crops in the south and gas prices skyrocketing. want s want to start with gas prices. they're going up and up and up. no sign of stopping. every day for more than a month gas prices have jumped. that is not the streak you want to be on. it is all happening in the dead of winter while americans try to cope with home heating bills and sli shrinking paychecks. we have a reporter live at a gas station in new york city. what do the prices look like there? >> reporter: hi, john. yeah, gas prices are certainly skyrocketing. over here on 10th avenue, you'll see regular gas $4.15. i'm looking at the board now. premi
points. 71-49. >>> nascar driver danica patrick makes history as the first woman to win pole position for next week's daytona 500 or any sprint cup race. four-time champ jeff gordon finished with the second best this time. patrick gets the coveted starting spot. >>> in canada, the basketball coach of brandon university basketball took a half-court shot and he makes it. the prize was a semester of free tuition for a student smart enough to choose the right person to take that shot. now for another look of the weather, here is bill karins with the cweather channel forecast. i saw you, you were like man. >> i did one of those. >> and you -- >> i hit the backboard. i had to pay for my tuition. the winds are brutal up in new england. temperatures are in the negative numbers for windchills. single digits down to baltimore this morning. it's a cold morning. it will be better this morning. the winds will come down and it will feel nicer than yesterday. still cold by february standards, below normal temperatures. just rain developing in the central plains and rain in minnesota to watc
. >>> race car driver danica patrick can look forward to more attention than usual this week. she's the top qualifying for next sunday's daytona 500. she won the pole yesterday. slooes the first woman ever to qualify first on nascar's top circuit. >>> and now for some hoops, including the defensive struggle known as the nba all-star game. >>> welcome in to your "sportscenter" update. i'm chris hassel. first quarter, dwyane wade, to james off the glass. second quarter, an l.a. connection. koeb bebryant to blake griffin. fourth quarter, rejection. ko kobe on lebron. 2:00 left, chris paul taking over. 20 points, 15 assists. only the third player in all-star game history to do that. magic and isaiah, the other two. paul the mvp. >>> college hoops, number three, miami, 11-0 getting a battle from clemson. devin booker, dunk me. clemson up two with under 4:00 to go. roper in transition. clemson up two, under 1:00 to play. kenny kaji for the lead. miami up one. clemson, a chance to win it. but the shot goes begging. miami holds on, 45-43, now 12-0 in the acc. and that's what happened on sunday.
of charity. >>> coming up, why danica patrick faces an uphill challenge every time she races. >>> and the hoax that captured headlines worldwide. that woman who claims she was attacked with acid, then admitted she did it herself. you're watching "world news now." it's time to change the way we clean. it's time to free ourselves from the smell and harshness of bleach. and free ourselves from worrying about the ones we love. lysol power & free has more cleaning power than bleach. how? the secret is the hydrogen peroxide formula. it attacks tough stains and kills 99.9% of germs. lysol power & free. powerful cleaning that's family friendly. another step forward in our mission for health. have given way to sleeping. tossing and turning where sleepless nights yield to restful sleep. and lunesta®(eszopiclone) can help you get there. like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. lun
. >>> race car driver danica patrick can look forward to more attention than usual this week. that's because she's the top qua qualifier for next sunday's daytona 500. she won the pole yesterday. with a top qualifying speed over 196 miles an hour. she's the first woman ever to qualify first on nascar's top circuit. >>> and now for some hoops, including the defensive struggle known as the nba all-star game. highlights from espn. >>> welcome in to your "sportscenter" update. i'm chris hassel. sunday night, all-star night in houston. lebron james, leading the eastern conference all-stars. first quarter, dwyane wade, to james off the glass. second quarter, an l.a. connection. kobe bryant to blake griffin. west up, 69-65 at the break. fourth quarter, rejection! kobe on lebron. and kevin durant with a stuff. 2:00 left, chris paul taking over. 20 points, 15 assists. only the third player in all-star game history to do that. magic and isaiah, the other two. west wins, 143-138. paul the mvp. >>> college hoops, number three, miami, 11-0 getting a battle from clemson. second half. score tied at 38-38.
danica patrick made history yet again with nascar. >>> and we're getting a rare look into pixarstudios. how the movie "brave" came to live. >> and you introduced me to something new tonight. >> i brought enough for the whole class. chicken in a biskit. you know out there that you've had some of these and they are incredible. you had some and you liked them. >> they're very good. >> you don't need a dip. >> it's a little salty, though. ten of them, you're asking for a stroke. >> what's the serving size? seven. >> seven is enough salt for the week. don't eat too many. this is what we do before we go on the show. never heard of them. >> you're welcome, world. >> i'm hooked now. love it. >>> we begin this half hour with the blizzard-like conditions and the freezing weather from maine down to florida. it's everywhere. >> and some areas in the northeast hit by that historic blizzard just days ago, two weeks ago in fact, they are getting hit again. with wind gusts out of the north, gusting up to 50 or 60 miles an hour, some northeast states buried by historic snowfall are getting another arct
points, 15 assists. he walk away with the big trophy. >>> in her fourth year in nascar, danica patrick has made history. she becomes the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in nascar's premier circuit. she went out in eighth in qualifying session and had to wait about two hours as 37 fellow drivers tried to take her spot. only four-time cup champ jeff gordon even came close to knocking her off. >> that's huge. >> she'll start this weekend on the poll at daytona. really cool. >> that is huge. in this sport, i mean, man. >> some people have accused her of being a novelty over the years. you're not a novelty when you take the poll at daytona. >> that's what's so exciting about that fact. it's such a male centric, testosterone fueled deal. we always hear these stories about how men will take more chances than women, and they don't -- it's just -- that is great in so many ways. >> yeah, she's driving with the boys now. >>> finally, the shot of the day comes from brandon university in manitoba, canada. not exactly a bracket buster, but friday night head coach gill chung, you know him
details emerge about the shooting death of his girlfriend. >>> and poll position. danica patrick makes history, becoming the first woman to grab the top starting spot at the daytona 500. this is the "cbs morning news" for february 18th, 2013. captioning funded by cbs morning. good to be with you. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. we begin with immigration reform and the stir caused by a leaked white house proposal. critics are blasting the plan. the administration says the alternative proposal is just a backup in case congress can't agree on a deal. as reported by "usa today," the president's plan would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years. they would have to pass a background check, learn english and u.s. history, and pay back taxes. susan mcginnis with more now from washington. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. it is not clear whether the white house leaked this plan on purpose or not, but either way, lawmakers here on capitol hill want that plan tabled so that a group of senators known as the gang
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